Thursday, February 2, 2017

Japanese Shokupan Condensed Milk Sandwich Bread - Recipe Two: Soft, White and Chewy!

Do you believe that condensed milk is a magic ingredient that can make sandwich breads so soft and milky?

I do! Absolutely because I have confirmed this baking theory once at here and now double-confirmed with this recipe!!!

condensed milk sandwich bread
Japanese Shokupan Condensed Milk Sandwich Bread
This chewiest bread is so ultimately loaded with condensed milk!!!
This very condensed-milk bread is made of water plus a substantial amount of condensed milk!

Due to the high amount of condensed milk added, this bread dough is firmer than most typical bread dough and the time taken to prove these firm bread dough is a little longer. As a result, this bread is soft not because it is fluffy or porous. It is soft simply because it can retain moisture very well and tastes nice and chewy in every bite.

condensed milk sandwich bread
It's soft and chewy and can retains its moisture well.
condensed milk sandwich bread
Every slice is so soft and white!

I have a one-minute video to show you how I baked these bread and hope that the video will be helpful and will convince you to bake these chewy white bread too :)

Have I found my 3rd ideal condensed milk sandwich bread recipe? Not yet... 
If you know any good condensed milk sandwich bread recipes, please let me know. I would love to triple-triple-triple confirm my condensed milk bread baking theory :)

Gotta go to bake more sandwich breads to make sandwiches for school lunch... Ciao!

Here's the recipe that I have optimized from and aboutfood.
Note: To bake just one loaf of this bread, simply use half of this recipe.

Make two 10 cm width x 20 cm length x 10 cm height or 450g loaves.

325ml (1 1/3 cup) water, at room temperature
200g condensed milk
650g bread flour
1 1/4 tsp salt
20g unsalted butter, soften at room temperature
2 1/2 tsp instant dry yeast
extra butter or cooking oil spray for greasing the pans

Place all the ingredients in a breadmaker according to the order of the above list. Use the dough setting to knead the dough for 30 mins or until smooth and elastic and allow the dough to prove for 1 hr or until doubled in size.

If breadmaker is not available, kneading by electric mixer with a dough hook is possible. Using an electric mixer with low mixing speed, mix all dough ingredients (except butter) to form a dough first. Then, mix in the unsalted butter and keep kneading at medium low speed until dough is smooth and elastic, at least 20 mins. Please note that this dough can be firmer than most typical dough and need a little more time to knead until the dough is elastic enough. Transfer dough into a large bowl and cover it with a cling wrap. Allow the dough to prove in a warm and humid place for 1 hr or until doubled in size.

Grease Pullman loaf pans* and their lids with adequate amount of either butter or cooking oil spray. Due to the substantial amount of condensed milk used, please note that this greasing step is very important as the bread can get stuck onto the pans if the pans and the lids are not greased enough.

*Hint - No worries if you don't have pullman pans to bake these breads. You either shape bread dough into buns or braids or any shapes that you like or bake in regular loaf pans without any lids. If the top of your breads are browning too quickly due to the absence of the lids, you can cover the bread loosely with foil at the last 10-15 mins of the bake and continue to bake the loaves for at least 30 mins.

To shape, divide dough into two portions and further divide each half into 3 portions and shape each into balls. Allow them to rest at room temperature for about 10 mins

Using a rolling pin, roll each portion into long and flat oval shape (about 20 cm) on a non-stick surface. Use your fingers to pick one shorter side of the dough and tuck and roll the dough like a Swiss roll. Use the rolling pin to flatten and roll the dough into a long rod shape. Then, pick one shorter side of the dough and roll it like a Swiss roll again. Repeat this rolling step with the remaining portions of dough.

Place three of the shaped dough with their seams side down into the each prepared pan. Press the top of the dough lightly to form an even surface.

Cover the loaf partially with lid and allow it to prove for another 60 to 90 mins or until it has about 1-2 cm more to reach the maximum height of the loaf pans. Due to its firm dough texture, this bread might require a longer proving time than most other breads.

Preheat oven at 160°C.

Place the lids onto the pans and bake at 160°C for 30 mins. When the bread is baked, remove the lids and unmould the breads immediately. Transfer bread on a wire rack to cool it completely. Slice and serve.

Happy Baking
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  1. does it taste sweet with the condensed milk!! looks straight from the shops :)

  2. just want to know i proof the bread in breadmaker for 1 hr, when look from the window the dough is high, but after I removed from the breakmaker, the dough sunken, why?

    1. Hi, You might have added too much yeast or over-ferment the dough. Cheers!

  3. This recipe is awesome! It was a hit with the kids. It's gets better the 2nd time. Thanks Zoe & the video helps a lot.
    Do you think I can put in pumpkin seeds or Chiae seed for different taste?

    1. Hi Julia,

      Nice to know that you like this recipe. I have not try baking this bread with pumpkin seeds and chia seeds but I'm sure you can incorporate them into your bread if you wish :)


  4. Hi Zoe! I tried your recipe today. It looked so good when it was in the tin till I took it out and it broke. 😭😭😭any tips on how to take it out and still retain that rectangular block?

    1. Hi Sandra,

      Look like some of your bread might get stuck onto your loaf pan. You might wish to use a non-stick loaf pan and grease it generously before placing the dough into the pan to prove. Cheers!


  5. The tight crumbs prompted me to try baking with this recipe. It is very versatile, as I added taro and swap with some wholemeal flour, and still produced a chewy and soft bread slice. Bravo! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Does it hold the same amount of sweetness as in version 1?
    Otherwise I'll add some cas sugar as I find it a bit too bland.

    1. Hi Myra, I have not try adding sugar into this recipe and can't confirm if it will work with extra sugar added. Cheers!